Who, When and Where in the History of Coffee

Written by Randy Wilson

Coffee has been a part of culture for over one thousand years. The history of coffee varies widely depending on which sources you use. This is especially true when something as powerful as coffee is involved, as coffee has brought much wealth and prosperity to individuals throughoutrepparttar history of coffee.

Coffee was discovered around 850 A.D. inrepparttar 140088 part of Africa now known as Ethiopia. According to one story that has been passed down throughrepparttar 140089 generations, a sheep herder named Kaldi discovered coffee as he tended his sheep. He noted that his sheep became extremely active after eatingrepparttar 140090 red cherries from a plant as they went from one pasture to another.

He ate a few ofrepparttar 140091 cherries himself, and was soon as overactive as his herd. The story goes on to say that a monk passed by and scolded him for "partaking ofrepparttar 140092 devil's fruit." However,repparttar 140093 monks soon found themselves eatingrepparttar 140094 same fruit to help them stay awake for their prayers.

Originally,repparttar 140095 coffee plant grew naturally in Ethiopia. But oncerepparttar 140096 people of Arabia became enthralled with coffee and transplanted plants to Arabia, coffee was monopolized by them. Later, countries beyond Arabia whose inhabitants believed coffee to be a delicacy guarded its secret and with caution began to siphon off coffee plants from Arabia.

The Arabian government prohibitedrepparttar 140097 transportation ofrepparttar 140098 plant out ofrepparttar 140099 Moslem nations, sorepparttar 140100 actual spread of coffee was started illegally.

Inrepparttar 140101 17th century, Italian traders introduced coffee torepparttar 140102 West and changedrepparttar 140103 history of coffee forever. Many Christians believed that coffee wasrepparttar 140104 drink ofrepparttar 140105 devil.

But in Italy, Pope Clement VIII drank and endorsed coffee againstrepparttar 140106 advice of his advisors who wanted it to be considered part ofrepparttar 140107 infidel threat. Because of his endorsement of coffee, it became acceptable as a Christian beverage and spread throughoutrepparttar 140108 West.

Coffee Houses began opening inrepparttar 140109 mid-17th century inrepparttar 140110 Western world. The first coffee house opened in Italy in 1645, in England in 1652, in Paris in 1672 and in Berlin in 1721.

In 1668, Edward Lloyd's coffee house opened in England and eventually became Lloyd's of London,repparttar 140111 best-known insurance company inrepparttar 140112 world. By this time, coffee had replaced beer as New York's City's favorite breakfast beverage.

Strawberries Anyone

Written by Shauna Hanus

How do you feel about strawberries. I personally like them. They are a treat that we eat whole or sliced with drizzled honey. Did you know thatrepparttar average strawberry has about 200 seeds onrepparttar 139936 outside. My kids always contemplate growing strawberries in their tummies after eatingrepparttar 139937 seeds.

A quick and easy way to hull out your strawberries is to insert a straw inrepparttar 139938 bottom ofrepparttar 139939 berry and push it up throughrepparttar 139940 stem.

When you are buying strawberries fromrepparttar 139941 grocery store look for ripe berries that are firm and dry. The green tips should be fresh, not wilted. Turnrepparttar 139942 box over and check that it is dry. Ifrepparttar 139943 bottom is moist or stained some ofrepparttar 139944 berries may be overripe.

To keeprepparttar 139945 berries fresh forrepparttar 139946 longest amount of time, do not wash them when you bring them home. Place them inrepparttar 139947 refrigerator and store until ready to use. Wash them when you take them out to serve, or cook with.

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